On Saturday, the Vancouver Canucks retired Pavel Bure’s number 10 jersey. According to an article by the Associated Press, found here on ESPN,
One of the most exciting players to ever dress for the team admitted Saturday night that it was an emotional experience to have his No. 10 retired in Vancouver.
“It was a great feeling,” said Bure, nicknamed the Russian Rocket, after his jersey was raised to the rafters at Rogers Arena before the Canucks beat the Maple Leafs, 4-0.
“It brings back lots of great memories,” he said. “With the fans cheering and everybody happy, it was like you scored a goal. I felt like I had to play again. I was in the middle of the ice and 20,000 people were cheering for me.”
The crowd, many wearing Maple Leafs jerseys, chanted “Bure, Bure.”
He had an impressive career in the NHL, where he spent 12 seasons with the Canucks, Florida Panthers, and New York Rangers.
With the Canucks, Bure scored 254 goals, won the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year in 1992, had five 50-goal seasons, and registered consecutive 60-goal seasons in 1992-93 and 1993-94. During Vancouver’s 1994 run to the Stanley Cup finals, Bure had 31 points in 24 games.
In 2012, Bure became the first Canucks player to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.